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The great Gatsby a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald is narrated through one of the characters in the text The use of this perspective can greatly affect our reading of the text The Great Gatsby is primarily a love story The narrator Nick Caraway moves east where he is caught up in the dealings of those around him His neighbor Jay Gatsby is trying to win the heart of Daisy whop is married to Nicks college friend Tom Buchanan who is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson the wife of a gas station attendant The mere first person narration would not affect our reading of the text if we could believe Nicks early statements that Im one of the few totally honest people I know and Im inclines to reserve all judgments In this second aspect particularly he shows himself to be very judgmental and partial For example he does not think it right that Jordan Baker the woman golfer should cheat in a mere golf game but he overlooks he shady business dealings associations with organized crime and speakeasies of Jay Gatsby Because the first person narrative is limited in perspective some of the facts we hear from Nick may have been distorted or even lies For example one day Tom drags him along to Myrtles apartment in New York While he is there he gets drunk so this is a prime area for distortion of facts Another time is towards the end of the novel where Daisy runs into Myrtle in Gatsbys car Lots of what we hear is gossip and second hand news also distorted or changed by media persons or innocent bystanders We also cannot overlook the possibility of a direct lie in the novel The text deals with murder affairs material love and secrets It would be quite p probable that Nick was lied to a few times The narrator can position us to like or
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